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South Florida lands commitment from leading scorer in U19 World Championships

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South Florida has landed a commitment from Andres Feliz, one of the stars of the recent U19 World Championships. He will enroll at the university for the 2016-17 season.

“I have decided to commit to coach Orlando Antigua and the University of South Florida. Go bulls!!!” Feliz tweeted.

Feliz was the leading scorer in the U19 tournament, averaging 18.9 points and 3.7 assists in seven games. The Dominican Republic team he played for finished 3-4 in those seven games, and Feliz was coached on that team by Oliver Antigua, an assistant coach for South Florida and the younger brother of USF head coach Orlando Antigua.

Feliz goes to high school at West Oaks Academy and plays his AAU ball for Team Breakdown of the Under Armor Association.

South Florida now has two commitments in the Class of 2016, as Feliz joins three-star small forward Troy Baxter, another member of Team Breakdown.

Stan Heath’s son, Josh, to transfer from South Florida

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Two weeks ago, South Florida relieved head coach Stan Heath of his duties following a 12-20 (3-15 American Athletic Conference) season.

It comes as no surprise that Heath’s son, Josh, a freshman guard for the Bulls, decided to transfer out of the program. The latest college basketball transfer was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports on Sunday morning.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 2.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in 17 games, all of which came against American Athletic Conference opponents. Coming out of Tampa Prep (Fla.), Heath held offers from DePaul, Princeton, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville and North Florida before deciding to join his father at USF.

Heath will have three years of eligibility remaining. He will likely get a waiver to play immediately at his new school given that a precedent has been set in previous seasons. Rhode Island fired Jim Baron in 2012. He accepted the Canisius job and his son, Billy, followed him from URI to Canisius and was granted a hardship waiver, allowing him to play in the 2012-2013 season. The same thing occurred the previous season, when Central Michigan fired Ernie Zeigler. His son, Trey, received immediate eligibility when he transferred to Pitt.

South Florida is still in search of a head coach after the deal with Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello had to be axed after a background check revealed he had never received a degree from the University of Kentucky. UNLV head coach Dave Rice was being targeted, but Rice is in the process of getting an extension from the Runnin’ Rebels.

Stan Heath was fired after seven seasons with the Bulls.

South Florida guard Blake Nash transfers to Texas Tech

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After appearing in 34 games for the surprising South Florida Bulls in 2011-12 and transferring from the program at the end of the season, rising junior Blake Nash has landed at Texas Tech, according to Nash’s Twitter feed Tuesday.

Nash averaged 3.7 points and 1.1 assists per game this past season for South Florida, a team that made a run throughout the year, finishing 22-14 and losing to Ohio in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.

Prior to his transfer, the move had been rumored about for some time, and Nash has reportedly been in Texas working out with the team.

He played his freshman season of college basketball at Williston State, averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.

According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Nash, an Arizona native, has an illness in the family and could file for a hardship waiver with the NCAA which would give him two years of eligibility remaining at Texas Tech.

Assuming he is granted a hardship waiver, Nash would come to a Red Raider team that finished 8-23 overall, including 1-17 in the Big 12. Their only victory in conference play came against Oklahoma in February.

Leading scorer Jordan Tolbert will return for his sophomore season and will join a massive nine-man recruiting class coming to Texas Tech. That 2012 class is led by point guard Josh Gray, a 6-1 native of Houston, Texas.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

After $35 million in arena renovations, USF will host UCF in Sun Dome opener

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On November 10, expect the Sun Dome to be packed.

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, South Florida will host Central Florida to kick off the 2012-13 season, and also celebrate the grand opening of its newly renovated arena, following $35.6 million in off-season upgrades.

“What an exciting way to open a brand new building with a future BIG EAST opponent in UCF,” USF coach Stan Heath said in a statement. “This should be an exciting game that will feature great talent.  We expect our fans to fill the seats and give us the energy to provide an electric and memorable season opener.”

Among the upgrades to the Sun Dome are a reconfiguration of its 10,000 seats, added concessions and rest areas, widespread concrete restoration, and a new center-hung scoreboard.

According to a report, it is expected to extend the functional life of the arena by 30 years.

South Florida was picked to finish 14th in the Big East preseason media poll, but went on to a 22-14 overall record, including 12-6 in the Big East.

The Bulls advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Ohio.

Overwhelmingly defensive-minded last season, South Florida was built on a slow, calculated offense, led by freshman point guard Anthony Collins.

Expect Collins to break out in his sophomore season after averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 assists per game in 2011-12.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

2014 Dwayne Morgan interest rises, has UNLV, Seton Hall, NC State, USF offers


PHILADELPHIA—Right now, Dwayne Morgan is 6-7. That makes him about the same height as his mother, and he’s only a sophomore in high school.

The 2014 forward from Baltimore City College High School (Md.) has college coaches taking notice, not only because of the skills he has now, but because, down the line, he could end up being close to seven feet tall.

He currently holds offers from UNLV, Seton Hall, South Florida, and NC State, and says he is drawing interest from schools that include Texas, Maryland, and Syracuse.

“I want a team that lets me play,” Morgan told this past weekend about his college desires. “Sometimes I play in and out.”

He was impressive over the weekend, showing his length in blocking shots defensively and getting to the rim offensively. He is still raw, but considering how much he can grow and how high his ceiling is, his stock should continue to rise.

As he matures on the court and understands the full breadth of his talent, the high-major offers will keep coming.

“Sometimes I get really nervous because I want to play good. I’m comfortable with it, it’s just I get so excited that I rush a little bit,” he said. “I think it’s a positive now, but as time progresses, it’ll get better.”

Morgan says, as far as his recruitment, he is not bound to any geographical area, and mentioned what he is looking for in a coach and program.

“I want a coach that will tell me the truth, a guy who will tell me if I played good or played bad,” said Morgan. “Pretty much, a hard-nosed guy because that’s how my AAU coach is.”

As a recruiting side note, Daquan Cook, a Baltimore native out of the Class of 2012, is signed to play for UNLV in the fall. The Rebel coaching staff has ties to the D.C./Baltimore area, and has been among the schools recruiting Morgan the hardest.

UNLV watched him over the weekend at the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Philadelphia.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Stan Heath: South Florida has ‘laid a foundation’

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They may not have been the prettiest basketball team to watch in 2011-12, but South Florida went a lot farther than the 14-seed in the Big East that they were projected to be in the preseason media poll.

Despite having no one player average double digits in scoring, the Bulls won 22 games and came one win away from the Sweet 16.

Stan Heath is as likeable a coach in college basketball as you’ll come across and, after being on the hottest of hot seats more than once in his tenure at South Florida, it looks like he will be sticking around, thanks to the fine job he did this season.

Heath said that, once his team got back to campus, players were already back in the gym and lifting weights, preparing for workouts and the season to come.

With realignment clearing some (albeit a small) space at the top of the Big East, perhaps the Bulls can prove that this year wasn’t a fluke.

Take look at the video below to see Heath’s full comments.

(h/t to @GregAumen and the Tampa Bay Times for video)

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_